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Apr 25, 2017
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Budget News

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Important 2017-18 School Budget Dates

  • Budget Forum: Wednesday, April 5 t 7 p.m. in the MS library
  • Budget Hearing: Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the MS library
  • Meet-the-Board-Candidates Night: Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. HS library
  • Budget Vote: Tuesday, May 16 from 7 a.m to 9 p.m. in the HS gym.
April 13, 2017

Board approves 2017-18 budget proposal

Budget Hearing May 2 and Budget Vote May 16

At its April 11 meeting, the BH-BL Board of Education approved the 2017-18 budget proposal that will go before voters on Tuesday, May 16. The proposed budget of $65.4 million carries a tax levy increase of 1.96 percent (which is below the tax cap) and an estimated tax rate increase of 1.58 percent. The proposal would maintain programs and staff, support the expansion of the district's Chromebook laptop computer initiative (where students are assigned their own Chromebook laptop to use throughout the school year) to include the high school, add two sections of kindergarten to address the increased kindergarten enrollment, and include a new middle school schedule, among other initiatives. More detailed information will be shared in a budget newsletter mailed to residents in early May.

March 28, 2017

School Budget Vote, May 16

This year's annual school budget vote is Tuesday, May 16. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at BH-BL High School. In addition to voting on the 2017-18 school budget, residents will be asked to elect three candidates to the BH-BL Board of Education and consider authorizing the continuation of an ex officio student member on the board. By law, this proposition must be approved by voters every two year. It was first approved in the 2015-16 budget.

January 10, 2017

2017-18 School Budget Development Calendar

School officials and the board have begun work on the 2017-18 school budget. The first order of business was the approval and adopion of the budget context, objectives and development calendar. The board uses this as a guide when building the budget, which goes before voters Tuesday, May 16. [DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR]

January 25, 2017

Three Board of Education seats open

Three seats on the board will be open for election at the May 16, 2017 school budget & Board of Education vote. If you are interested in running for the board, please contact Tara Mitchell to pick up a Board Candidacy Packet which includes a petition, a biographical worksheet, and other important information. The packet can be picked up at the District Office/Communications Office, O'Rourke Middle School, 173 Lakehill Road. Petitions are due to the district office/Tara Mitchell no later than 5 p.m. Monday, April 17. However, petitions and biographical information (and a photo) are welcomed early.

August 24, 2016

BH-BL’s average tax rate of 0.15% comes in much lower than expected

At its August meeting, the Board of Education adopted the 2016-17 property tax rates for the BH-BL school district. The weighted average tax rate increase is 0.15 percent, which is lower than the estimated 0.65 percent tax rate increase that had been predicted in May during the school budget vote. [FULL STORY]



Make your voice heard: Advocate for BH-BL students

During these trying financial times, all members of the BH-BL community are encouraged to contact their elected leaders to voice their opinions on public school funding and mandate relief.

Your voice can make a difference! Be an advocate for BH-BL students. Not sure where to start? Download our Advocacy Toolkit for guidance.

We've learned that sending your comments via regular mail is most effective. They can be addressed and mailed to:

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Honorable Carl Heastie
New York State Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Room 932
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: 518-455-4800
Fax: 518-455-5459

James Tedisco
Legislative Office Building, Room 803
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2181
Fax: (518) 426-8621

Mary Beth Walsh
Legislative Office Building, Room 725
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: 518-455-5772